Steripen Adventurer Opti UV Water Purifier with Solar Charging Case
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- In seconds, Adventurer Opti UV water purifier effectively destroys waterborne microbes that could make you sick
- UV lamp provides 8,000 treatments while optical "eye" senses water and provides integrated flashlight bonus
- Rugged Solar Charging Case charges the rechargeable double-cell CR123 battery and holds Adventurer Opti purifier when not in use.
- Adventurer Opti measures 6.1"L and weighs 3.6 oz with double-cell RCR123 battery (included)
- Rugged compact Adventurer Opti purifies 0.5 L in 48 seconds or 1L in 90 seconds
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DECENT FEATURES of the SteriPent Adventurer Opti with Solar Charging Case Bundle Pack Solar charging clamshell case Includes double-cell rechargeable CR123 lithium battery Solar panel recharges 1 double-cell battery in 2 - 5 days, depending on solar conditions Battery can be recharged via the included plug-in power adapter in 4 - 6 hours Uses revolutionary optical eye to sense the water Standard insulating sleeve around the UV lamp allows purification in even the coldest of waters SteriPEN UV light destroys giardia, cryptosporidium, bacteria and viruses in seconds Purifies 0.5 liters (16 oz.) of water in 48 seconds, and 1.0 liter (32 oz.) in just 90 seconds UV lamp provides up to 8,000 one-liter treatments Optical sensor doubles as a convenient LED flashlight Clear lamp cover focuses the LED light Works with containers with minimum 1.75" diameter The SPECS for Adventurer Opti Weight: 103 g /3.6 oz. with batteries Size: 15.5 cm x 3.3 cm x 2.2 cm (6.1" x 1.5" x 1.0") Battery life: Disposable - 100 treatments (16oz./0.5L) / Rechargeable - 40-50 treatments (16oz./0.5L) UV Lamp Life: 8,000 treatments The SPECS for Solar Charging Case Weight: 151 g without batteries / 196 g with batteries Size: 18.0 cm x 9.0 cm x 3.7 cm
Most people like to draw water from nature when camping or hiking, but even a stream that looks clean may not be. Microorganisms most often come from animal and human waste and are spread by water run-off that ends up in local water sources. Enter the SteriPen Adventurer Opti handheld UV water purifier with Solar Charging Case, the smallest and lightest outdoor SteriPen on the market. The Adventurer Opti is equipped with a revolutionary optical eye that senses nearby water. The purifier then uses patent-pending UV purification technology to destroy 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, including Giardia and cryptosporidium. The unit also includes an insulating sleeve around the UV lamp to allow purification in even the coldest of waters. As a result, you can enjoy your hiking and camping trips to the mountains, lakes, or forests without the fear of getting ill from unsafe stream or lake water.
The SteriPEN took top honors in the 2011 Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Awards.
The Adventurer Opti is extremely efficient, with a design that purifies a half-liter of water in 48 seconds and 1 liter in just 90 seconds. Plus, the optical sensor can double as a convenient LED flashlight. Activated by pressing and holding the single button down for three seconds, the flashlight makes a great backup light when camping or taking a nighttime walk to refill your water bottle. The Adventurer Opti comes with a rugged Solar Charging Case that clips to your backpack and charges one 7.2 volt double-cell CR123 rechargeable lithium battery via solar power in two to five days. You can also charge the Opti with the included 10V/240V wall adapter in only four to six hours. A fully charged battery disinfects 30 liters or 60 half-liters of water. The Adventurer Opti works with containers that have a minimum 1.75-inch diameter opening, including Nalgene wide-mouth bottles.
About UV Purification
The UV water purification method is more than 100 years old, and is currently used to purify drinking water by some of the largest cities in the world, including Seattle, New York, and many others in North America, Europe, and Asia. Several leading bottled water manufacturers also use UV purification to purify their source water. During the UV purification method, the ultraviolet energy emitted by the light is absorbed by the cells of the microbe, preventing the cell enzymes from "reading" its DNA. Without intact DNA, microbes can't reproduce to make you sick. The process is simple but effective, destroying more than 99.9 percent of harmful microorganisms.
Purifying water with UV light offers many advantages. In addition to being safe and effective, UV light does not alter the taste, pH, or other properties of the water, and works without introducing chemicals into the water. SteriPen UV purifiers have also been tested by the Water Quality Association (WQA) against the U.S. EPA Microbiological Water Purifier Standard, and have received the WQA's Gold Seal, signifying that the products purify water safely and effectively.
- Weight: 3.6 ounces with battery
- Size: 6.1 by 1.5 by 1 inches (H x W x D)
- Battery: Uses two CR132 batteries (included)
- Batttery Life: Disposable lasts 100 treatments; rechargeable lasts 40-80 treatments
- UV Lamp Life: 8,000 treatments
- Solar charging case measures 7.0 by 3.8 by 1.5 inches and weighs 6.8 ounces
Miles Maiden, the founder of Hydro-Photon and a dedicated outdoorsmen, thought there were better ways to purify water in the wild than filters or chemicals. After years of research, he dedicated himself to the development of ultraviolet technology--the same technology used in municipal water treatment plants--for use in a personal, portable device that would provide the user with safe drinking water anywhere. Hydro-Photon received its first SteriPen patent in 1999, followed by patents in 2000 and 2003. In 1999, the first SteriPen was sold through REI, and in 2001 Time magazine named the SteriPen one of the best inventions of the year. The SteriPen's speed, effectiveness, and portability have impressed end users and media alike, leading to profiles in Backpacker magazine and Newsweek and on the Today show as a powerful, user-friendly alternative to pumps, chemicals, and filters.
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Previously I would use tablets and drops to sterilize my water but not anymore! A friend of mine recommend this to me and it really has changed my entire system (backpacking). I'm able to carry the Steripen Adventurer UV and a quart water container and refill and sterilize as I go. Simply amazing! The differences between a quart of water and 3liters is HUGE!
So to the 'Pen.' It's amazing! Lightweight, quick to use and a very high quality product. I love the recharging ability of the solar container. I hook it to my pack and it charges as I go. You simply can't get any better than this or any smarter! I live in the mountains of NC so water is always close by so I don't have to worry about infrequent sources. This allows me to carry less, quickly sterilize and continue on.
One of the best purchases I have ever made!
UPDATE: I have nothing but great things to say about this device. It is absolutely amazing to say the least. I recently used it on a 2 day, 30 mile back packing adventure where I used it to filter roughly 4 liters of water from a drainage ditch!!! Strain it, purify, then drink. No issues what so ever! I have yet to use the charger other than the first time. Normally I leave it at home and take along an extra set of batteries to save on weight.
Okay after 8 months of Steripen use I decided to re-write this review. I backpack 3 to 4 nights a month and have had my share of frustrations and joy.
First read the instructions (TWICE) look at the pictures, re-read this review and ask someone who has one to show you how to use it. Also carry a back-up method to purify your water at first. There are numerous ways this electric device can malfunction but all that I have seen are related to the operator learning to operate the Steripen. I have cussed the Steripen several times when it is not it's fault.
Some issues that may cause you problems...but don't need to.
Some Steripens come with 2 batteries taped together causing it to look like one. It is not 1 battery but 2 taped together.
Re-chargeable batteries don't last as long but are cheaper.
You CAN NOT leave batteries in the unit they will drain causing the unit to not work.
Some re-chargeable batteries can get low enough not to give you the warning light that the unit is out of power.
Take the plastic cap off, it is removable to protect the UV element.
The unit must be submerged to work.
The battery cap does not need to be tightened completely to operate the unit. This is important only to save you time see above, (don't leave batteries in the unit.)
If the re-chargeable batteries do get too low to operate the unit take them out and then put them back in repeating the process multiple time and giving them a little love. Some re-chargeable batteries seem to fail when they get low but by taking the batteries out it re-sets something in them or the unit allowing you purify about 2 more liters of water. Doing it again will get me a third or 4th liter.
Pay strict attention to how many times you press the button so you do not under or over treat water.
Understand this device takes a little mechanical skill or determination on your part to use perfectly. That being said it is a third of the weight of the lightest filters and you are not repeatedly buying chemicals to put in your water/body.
I highly encourage you try a Steripen if you are a light weight hiker just be patient and understand you are leaning how to use a new electronic device for the first time. You took a little while to figure out that remote or TV or Blu-ray player also. I would give it 5 stars if the learning curve didn't take awhile.